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The promise of biotechnology is essentially limitless, says Silver, describing biotech "bad boy" Craig Venter's plan to engineer trees that create liquid fuel instead of sap.

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Princeton Biology and Public Policy Professor Lee Silver describes a vision in which biotechnology has taken over the natural world—but in a responsible, sustainable way. "If you can imagine something," he says, "it's probably going to be done."

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Molecular Biologist Lee Silver defends his role as both a specialist in and a "popularizer" of an advanced scientific field as a vital one for educating and inspiring the public, and speculates about why people oppose him for it.

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The Western spiritual tradition, according to molecular biologist Lee Silver, programs religious and non-religious alike to seek higher powers, and these powers—both God and Mother Nature—are getting in the way of biotech. Silver argues against disadvantaging individuals for a greater ideology, and points out the Eastern religious tradition as one that can accept responsible biological experimentation.